This week will be a busy week for most of you, as you make Christmas preparations. Families will be traveling, gifts will be wrapped and meals will be prepared. Today, I want to step into the midst of your hustle and bustle to remind you for a moment of the real reason we celebrate.
Luke 2:9-12 (NASB)
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
10 And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people;
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 "And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger."
“..there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The greatest news the world has ever heard. The greatest gift any one has ever been given. Jesus....the eternal one stepped into our world:
John 1:1-4, 10-13 (NASB)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
His purpose was simple:
1 Timothy 2:5-6
5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.
Jesus entered this world to restore a relationship that was broken in the Garden of Eden. Our sin kept us separate from our rightful relationship with God. God loved us enough to restore that relationship, by making atonement for our sin. That atoning sacrifice was Jesus.
This week I hope you will take time to reflect on the fact that “...there has been born for you Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” If you open no other gift this Christmas season, open the gift of life that is found only in Him.